Trial Date Set In Ja Rule’s Weapon Possession Case
After three years of legal wrangling, Ja Rule‘s finally about to face the music when his trial on a weapon possession charge begins August 18. The charge stems from a 2007 incident during which the former The Inc. recording artist was being driven in a Maybach on New York’s Upper West Side. After being pulled over for speeding, police conducted a search of the car when they discovered its registration was suspended.
During the search a gun was uncovered, leading to the arrest of Rule and two other men. The arrests occurred on the same day Lil Wayne was busted by the NYPD on similar charges; the Young Money CEO is currently serving a year-long bid on Rikers Island behind the incident.
When the August court date was set yesterday,, Rule’s legal team was trying to convince the judge to hold a hearing to determine the validity of the DNA evidence tying the gun to the rapper. A very slight amount of Rule’s DNA was found on the gun which led his attorneys to question the trustworthiness of the DNA test results. Rule, who’s currently in California filming indie flick I’m In Love With A Church Girl opposite former 3LW/Cheetah Girl member Adrienne Bailon, was allowed to skip yesterday’s hearing. Prison sentences do for hip-hop stars what “leaked” sex tapes do for no-talent socialites, so maybe a stint behind bars is just what Rule needs to reignite his stalling career.